Rapper Goonew was shot dead on March 18, shocking hip-hop fans. Two weeks later, a video of his dead body placed standing upright in a club, believed to be Bliss Nightclub in Washington DC, has gone viral on social media. Fans of the late artist have now taken to social media expressing shock regarding the actions taken.
Goonew, also known as Big Whizzle, was fatally shot in District Heights, Maryland. This comes two years after he survived a separate shooting attempt. The disturbing video circulating across social media showcased the rapper wearing a pair of ripped jeans with a flames design on it, a sweatshirt with ‘AMIRI’ written on it, and what appears to be a bedazzled paper crown.
The dead body also sported glasses, a necklace, a crown, a watch, and a pair of high-top sneakers.
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Club-goers were seen dancing and reciting music around the dead body. People were visibly unphased by Goonew’s dead body on stage.
Internet reacts to video of Goonew's deceased body at the club
Fans of the Stain singer were visibly disturbed by the viral video. Netizens commented that propping up his body at the club was disrespectful. Others wrote that it was discourteous to the rapper’s family to display the body in a nightclub. However, it remains unclear whether the venue’s hosts had taken permission to do so.
Reacting to the viral video, a few tweets read:
Everything to know about Goonew
The Maryland rapper made a name for himself in the music industry after releasing music with fellow artist Lil Dude in 2017. Following the success he accumulated, he signed with Hoodrich Pablo Juan. He released several mixtapes, including Big 64, Goonwick 2 and Hey Auntie, amongst others. His debut album, Still Servin, was released in 2019.
His music has since been branded as ‘timeless’ by his fans.
WUSA9 spoke to the late rapper's family following his death. His mother, Patrice Parker Morrow, said:
“I don’t believe this. All he wanted to do is try to get his family out the hood. He had a heart bigger than his body, when they took him, they took me.”
The singer was well known amongst the music industry’s mega rappers, including IDK, A$AP Ant, Redveil, YungManny and BBY Goyard, among others.
Following his death, a newspaper obituary read:
“The 24-year-old Maryland rapper had a gift for smearing time, phrasing his rhymes slightly in front of the beat, making the present moment feel weightless and imprecise. It gave his music an enchanted atemporality, but for Goonew, it all felt perfectly natural.”
At the time of writing this article, no legal action was taken against club owners regarding the deceased body being displayed at the nightclub.